By Kazeem Abolore In the last 7 years I have…
It’s only natural to be careful with the type of media exposure your children get, but in today’s day and age, it’s impossible to be on the lookout for everything.
Furthermore, most of today’s parents know that video games aren’t usually bad for their kids’ future development. Even though some games don’t seem educational from the get-go, this doesn’t mean your kid can’t find meaning in the gameplay and learn valuable lessons and skills.
According to recent studies, it turns out that video games teach about competition, encourage creativity, and develop social skills (among other amazing benefits). So, before you dismiss a game just because it’s not about math or literature, let’s have a look at some apps (browser and mobile games) that proved to be extremely helpful for kids all over the world.
Many parents don’t see the educational element in this classic board game, but it is a wonderful lesson about money and managing finances. Furthermore, the game teaches responsibility about unpaid bills and how savings are important. If you ask us, these skills are a lot more important than knowing all the books in the school curriculum.
Monopoly is wildly popular on both web browser and mobile platforms so it’s easy to find a version that’s free to play.
Another classic game adapted for the online world, this one teaches about strategies and adaptation to novelty. Uno is interesting and keeps the players engaged by slipping surprise cards and actions from time to time.
This app encourages creativity and imagination by offering players the possibility to build their own world. It’s also gathered a huge community (1.7 million users) so kids have the opportunity to meet new people and enjoy talking to users who share the same hobbies and skills.
For more such games, have a look at this in-depth guide to educational games. You’ll learn a lot about the world of gaming (which kids love so much) and how it can help kids’ brain and abilities as they grow.
You should also understand that the complexity of games will change as children get bigger, and so will the level of aggressivity in certain scenes. Again, it is only natural to worry, but regardless of the number of studies done on this topic, there is no conclusive proof that video games lead to violence.
Of course, it is best to check with various rating systems and make sure the game is age appropriate but shooting and explosions can (and will) be present even in an educational game. In conclusion, trust the rating systems and let your kids have fun while learning!